Shimano Baitrunner: Evolution in a classic.

  YAY! It’s finally not snowing, cold, or otherwise suck-ish outside! And the deliciously warm weather game the kids and I a chance to (finally) get out and do some fishing this weekend. That also meant I had a chance to take a test-run with a new reel Shimano sent me to test out, their 2010 [...]

8th March 2010.
By Lenny Rudow

 

YAY! It’s finally not snowing, cold, or otherwise suck-ish outside! And the deliciously warm weather gave the kids and I a chance to (finally) get out and do some fishing this weekend. That also meant I had a chance to take a test-run with a new reel Shimano sent me to test out, their 2010 Baitrunner. I’ll tell you what I though in a sec, but first, the important stuff:

Mollie shows off a nice yellow before dropping it into the bucket - dinner!

Mollie shows off a nice yellow before dropping it into the bucket – dinner!

Mollie caught the first fish, the biggest fish, and the most fish – a sweep! Luckily brothers Max & Dave also had plenty of action, so a good time was had by all. That includes me, armed with the new 4000D Baitrunner. Now, just about everyone’s used a Baitrunner at one time or another. This reel’s a classic spinner, with the ability to flip a lever and activate a freespool function. So, what’s new? Basically, Shimano has incorporated the many features it’s come up with for its high-end spinners over the decades since the Baitrunner was first introduced, in 1989. Perks like Dartanium II drag washers, Varispeed Oscillation, a machined-aluminum handle,  shielded A-RB ball-bearings, infinite anti-reverse,  and Fluid Drive II gearing (Fluid Drive is part of the construction process, which essentially polishes the metal to create better tolerances and increases tooth contact int he gears). The down-side? Price has crept up a bit, to $160 for the 4000D (a compact spinner, which holds 160 yards of 12-lb. test mono, weighs 13.5 ounces, and has a 4.8:1 gear ratio).

Here’s a close-up of the reel:

The 4000 D - a new generation of Shimano Baitrunner.

The 4000 D – a new generation of Shimano Baitrunner.

 So, what did I think after cranking back a few dozen perch on the new Baitruner? This reel is exactly what they promise: an updated version of the classic, with smoother operation (you can feel it in both the drag system and the retrieve) and boosted performance. If you have an old set of Baitrunners you love at home, it’s time to box ‘em up and E-bay ‘em – when you get the new ones, you won’t be disappointed. 


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